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QotD: Extension Manager

Question: Does Mac OS X need an "Extension Manager?" Something that, similar to its Mac OS 8/9 counterpart, could enable or disable InputManagers, contextual menu modules, kernel extensions, and so on.

My Answer: I think that, if nothing else, there may be a tremendous market for a third-party here. However, I do feel that it's Apple's responsibility to provide at least a basic tool. Plus, I miss the game that was always included as a Conflict Catcher easter egg.

P.S. Alfred exists but it never really suited me. Perhaps it deserves another look.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

2 Responses to "QotD: Extension Manager"

  1. Yes, I think Mac OS X does need such a piece of software. I also agree that Apple should provide it, though I am not holding my breath for that to happen. What is needed is for a kickass developer (hmm, where could find one of those?) to do it in a great way. While I understand why Apple has stayed away from this (their concerted effort to KISS in OS X so far), I really think the time has come for some good maintenance utilities. Even more than an extensions manager, we need a good "Restore" or rollback feature in the OS, since OS X can be more volatile and less transparent than the Classic Mac OS.

  2. It might be worth having a look at Diablotin, too.


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